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EatingWell’s best summer potluck salads

By Wendy Ruopp, July 2, 2012 - 5:44pm

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Potlucks and BBQs tend to conjure up images of hot dogs, hamburgers and perfectly cooked grilled chicken in my mind. But we all know it’s your relative’s famous salad recipe that gets everyone coming back for second helpings. Salads are great dish to bring to get-togethers: you can prepare them the night before and cut down on prep time by buying precut vegetables. Here are 5 of EatingWell’s best potluck recipes to try:

Three-Bean Salad
Most three-bean salads contain large amounts of sugar, whereas ours uses a minimal amount—only 1 tablespoon! With just one serving you’ll get almost a quarter of your daily fiber requirement, making this dish not only tasty but also healthy. 

Broccoli-Bacon SaladBroccoli-Bacon Salad
Your meat-loving friends will love the bacon crumbles and your health-conscious pals will appreciate the creamy texture that is actually low on fat.

Garden Pasta SaladGarden Pasta Salad
With a wide array of vegetables and whole-wheat pasta, this salad packs a nutritional punch without sacrificing flavor.

Seven-Layer SaladSeven-Layer Salad
Guests will love digging into this colorful salad to see what else is underneath. Make it the night before for even better flavor the following afternoon.

Lebanese Potato SaladLebanese Potato Salad
This scaled-down potato salad doesn’t go in for the creaminess of its mayo-slathered cousin, but the lemon vinaigrette gives it a new twist. Your dairy-free guests will be especially grateful.

What’s your favorite salad to take to a summer potluck? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Wendy Ruopp, Food Blog, Entertaining, Family meals, Holidays, Recipe Makeover

Wendy Ruopp
Wendy Ruopp has been the managing editor of EatingWell for most of her adult life. Although she writes about food for the Weeknights column of EatingWell Magazine, her husband does the cooking at home.

Wendy asks: What’s your favorite salad to take to a summer potluck?

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